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step aside

1. Literally, to take a step to one side so as to let someone or something pass by. Please step aside so I can get this trolley through the aisle. The security guard reluctantly stepped aside and allowed us into the club.
2. By extension, to withdraw or retire from some position so as to allow someone else to take one's place. The CEO announced that he would be stepping aside amidst the recent scandal. Dad, you're nearly 70—why don't you step aside and let someone younger do that job?
See also: aside, step

step aside

 (for someone)
1. Lit. to move out of someone's way. Would you step aside for my uncle and his walker? We had to step aside for the people in wheelchairs to get by.
2. Fig. to retire from an office so someone else can take over. The president retired and stepped aside for someone else. Walter stepped aside for a younger person to take over.
See also: aside, step

step aside

1. Move out of the way, as in Please step aside-I've got my arms full of groceries. This usage was first recorded in 1530.
2. Withdraw, make room for a replacement, as in The senior researcher decided to step aside for a younger colleague. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: aside, step

step aside

v.
1. To take a step or to walk to the side so as to give way to another: I stepped aside to let the jogger pass.
2. To resign from a post, especially when being replaced: The chairman of the board asked the executive to step aside for his appointed successor. At the end of her term, she stepped aside and allowed the new appointee to take over.
See also: aside, step
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In addition, Rosen, who is stepping aside as CEO, said the appointment will let me devote more of my attention to Infu-Tech, as well as give me a little more time to pursue personal business and charitable endeavors."
Everything is in that stepping aside. It is done partly in humility but mostly in joy.
It was widely known that Holland, an attorney, never really wanted the DHCR job, but it was his "consolation prize" for stepping aside for Dennis Vacco to run for Attorney General.
State officers in charge of the NYS should resign for investigations as stepping aside is not enough, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi has said.
Clearly, his stepping aside now portends of more revelations to come.
Tejpal, on Wednesday, sent a letter to Chaudhary, saying that he was stepping aside from his job for six months, and was squarely to be blamed for the sexual misconduct incident.
Vinod protested, saying that he was not aware of the steps that led to Srinivasan stepping aside.
Stepping aside from my work in the Navy and at NASA will allow me to be with her and with my two daughters."
Tony Dempsey has made the shock announcement that he is stepping aside as Wexford's representative on the Central Council of the G.A.A.
"We need to address whether the girl is satisfied with it (Tejpal stepping aside for six months), or there is more to it.
Tejpal, on Wednesday, sent a letter to Shoma Chaudhary, saying that he was stepping aside from his job for six months, and was squarely to be blamed for the sexual misconduct incident.
According to the Telegraph, sources at the media firm said 'stepping aside' is not the same as resigning or being sacked, with a spokeswoman saying there will be a formal announcement 'within hours.'